remember a dude, name of lamarr hoyt, won 20-something games for the chisox one year. POOF. gone.
thing about baseball and comparisons, of course, besides personal opinions and subjectivity, is that the game DOES change era to era. the game has changed dramatically in the past 5-7 years. the players are far superior athletes today, incredibly bigger, faster and stronger, and the results are evident.
(watch a game from as recently as the early-80's; the players look like adolescents, by and large, compared to guys today who live in the weightroom and take supplements (to the detriment, or not, of their future health), etc.
i really can't say who's better or worse - it's becoming too much like the apples and oranges comparison - you can really only compare players to others of their era and draw your own conclusions.
we'll know more about where pedro stacks up in a few years, i think. right now, he's hands-down the best and the players agree. steve carlton strung together a few dominant years, too.
then there's nolan ryan, blowing guys away near his mid-40's. as far as players being a dominant force year after year after year, he's the man.
[This message has been edited by ryan (edited June 06, 2001).]</FONT>